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Get Ready to 'Eat Local Shop Local' for United Way

(L-R) Leann Lindsey-Moon, Account Executive for Allegra, delivers Eat Local Shop Local “yard signs” to Saunders Grommesh, Resource Development Director for United Way of Transylvania County. The signs, sponsored by Allegra and White Squirrel Realty, will be in front of participating businesses on Saturday, May 12, the day of the event.

Eat Local Shop Local, United Way of Transylvania County’s annual focus on keeping things local, happens Saturday, May 12 this year. So far, 34 restaurants and retailers have committed to take part in Eat Local Shop Local.

Participating ‘Eat Local Shop Local’ businesses pledge to donate 10 percent of sales on Saturday, May 12, to United Way of Transylvania County. Shoppers can look for the logo in shop windows in advance and for signs in front of businesses on the event day.

“Eat Local Shop Local funds help individuals and families achieve and maintain health and stability. United Way of Transylvania supports local programs preventing homelessness, preventing abuse and neglect, and providing Early Childhood Education resources,” said Saunders Grommesh, Resource Development Director for United Way of Transylvania County.

“Eat Local Shop Local is a win-win-win for the community…Shoppers support the local economy, then businesses can support United Way, and then United Way supports neighbors in need of a little help,” explained Larry Galloway, owner of Charlie’s Tire Center.

“Eat Local Shop Local is on Mother’s Day weekend, so that means gifts for moms from participating merchants will give a little boost to important services in our community, like 2-1-1,” added Grommesh.

Businesses wishing to sign on to participate should contact Grommesh at the United Way office. Grommesh suggests that businesses sign up as soon as possible to get the full benefit of advance publicity and advertising.

People expecting to be out of town, or who will otherwise be unable to participate in Eat Local Shop Local are encouraged to support the community by donating directly to United Way of Transylvania County. Go to,, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), or send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712.

Participants to Date


Cardinal Drive-In

Cedar Mountain Café

Country Skillet

Dugan’s Pub

Downtown Chocolates

Hop Stop and Beer Garden

Jet’s Pizza

Pescado’s Burritos

Quixote Fine Cuisine

Rocky’s Soda Shop & Grill

Sunrise Café

The Falls Café

The Phoenix and The Fox

Twin Dragons

Wine Down on Main



Area 22 Guitars

Blue Moon Gallery

Brevard Clay

Burlap & Lace

Charlie’s Tire Center


Consignments Gallery

D.D. Bullwinkel’s

Fashion Nails

Gordon Family Pharmacy

Healthy Harvest

Historic Toxaway Market


Local Color

Love’s Jewelry & Gifts

Mountain Quilts

O.P. Taylor’s

Spice it to a Tea

Squatch Bikes & Brews

The Bear & The Peacock-Jewels by Julie

The Brown Bean Coffee Roasters


About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community!